The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.
©1981 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Happiness through forced equality. Remove the books that drive competing points to view and stupefy the populace through reality tv shows. Montag had had his eyes open to the horror of his existence that not only holds himself down but as a fireman burning books does his part to lower society to the lowest common denominator.
Although the written version is still better, this audio version was great for my son with processing issues. It made his summer homework much easier. He seemed to really enjoy this classic instead of resenting it because of a struggle to read it.
I love this story and it still holds up to modern times.
I like Beatty. I thought the narrations was top notch and loved the performance from this character.
His voice is really awesome and he is able to change it for different characters. His narration was really good.
This really should be a film they remake soon. I would like to see it go further though.
I love Ray Bradbury, but I had never read this book. So I thought I would go for a classic. It has been awhile since I read Bradbury...maybe I forgot...or maybe this was the first book he ever wrote...but it was tough! There was so much overuse of adjectives! It was incredible. I know you need them to draw a mental picture, but this was painful! The story is lost in all those adjectives! But, I listened to the end. The plot was good, but it could have been a short story. :)
From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.
It would be more enjoyable if there was a story. It seems like Bradbury wanted to be a Futurist more than he wanted to be an author on this one. His ideas are interesting and sort of accurate sometimes, but the story takes a backseat to his futuristic predictions. Most of it is just people sitting around talking. It's not really that interesting.
No. His voice was very annoying and did not suit the character in this book at all. His voice was monotone and it seemed like he tried to overcompensate for that, making it sound annoying and distracting. He did not do a good job at accurately portraying the emotions and he couldn't perform the female characters with any believability. I think if anyone is interested in reading this book, it would be much more enjoyable the old fashioned way: on paper.
The Perfect Storm! Audible, a great Audiobooks Reader and an adventure/romance in my little green iPod...
I don't believe so... I don't think these books are exciting for kids my age.
Don't know. Only listened for 12 minutes and then deleted the book. What I listened to was the worst story I think I have ever heard.
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
If the story was entertaining.
Anything except this.
Stephen does the best with the material he has.
I was happy when it was over.
I know I'm alone in my feelings on this "classic" but I was bored out of my mind. I listen to books when I'm driving back and forth to work and there were three times at least that I almost fell asleep listening to this thing. The story is dull and moves at a snails pace. If I didn't know better I would say the author was filling up the time in the book to reach a certain word count. He repeats things over and over, I'm assuming for affect, but to me, it was because there is not enough story there.
I'm going to listen to Gone Girl again to wipe the nasty taste of this out of my head.
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